08.07.2006 08:00 AM
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Broadcast Pix to intro new Slate switcher at IBC2006

Broadcast Pix, a Massachusetts-based maker of broadcast switchers, will introduce at IBC its Slate 2100, a production switcher with built-in graphics, clip store, monitoring and a host of new high-end features.

The Slate 2100 is the third product in the company's Slate switcher family, joining the Slate 100 touch-screen based system (from $9,995) introduced at NAB2006 and the Slate 1000 control panel-based system (from $18,795) introduced at InfoComm in June 2006.

Priced at $26,900, the Slate 2100 takes all the features of the Slate 1000 switcher, and adds eight to 10 live video inputs, “fail-safe” switching, a dual-channel clip store, a fourth keyer, tally and AES/EBU audio.

The company said Slate switchers enable a solo operator to create a sophisticated broadcast look that previously required a team of people. Solo operators can create live video with graphics, animated text, picture-in-pictures, keyed clips, spinning logos and robotic control of cameras.

The new “fail-safe” switcher feature allows the operator to continue switching a live production even if the computer malfunctions. If the computer or network goes down, serial control takes over and enables the operator to continue switching cameras.

For more information, visit www.broadcastpix.com.

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